entering grades 3, 4, 5, and 6
Entering third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders plant their roots in the camp community as members of Ilanot. Ilanot campers take part in our regular Camp program: swimming, drama, the challenge course, singing, boating, dancing, playing, and more. They dig deep into our traditions exploring Reconstructionist values and discovering how they can live as part of a 24/7 Jewish community.
entering grades 7 and 8
Campers entering seventh and eighth grades are Nehalim, “rivers.” Nehalim provides an opportunity to dive more deeply into discussions, programs, and experiences and to more fully engage in the richness of Jewish civilizations. The Nehalim camper learns what it means to be part of a vibrant and constantly changing Jewish community – while enjoying all the fun of Camp.
entering grades 9 and 10
For entering ninth and tenth graders, Harim, “mountains,” provides an opportunity for campers to challenge themselves and others to strive to reach their goals. With the innovative programming and incredible activities campers expect from Camp JRF, these teens also have opportunities to take their place as leaders in the Camp community.
No’ar Hadash Israel Experience
entering grade 11
Entering eleventh graders have the incomparable opportunity to spend nearly four weeks climbing, swimming, singing, hiking, learning, and exploring their way through Israel. Participants will experience Shabbat in Jerusalem, see the sunrise over Masada, spend time with their Israeli peers, and discuss the realities of life in contemporary Israel. For more information, please click here.
Bonim (Leadership Training Fellowship)
entering grade 12
Participants in Bonim will spend two weeks exploring what it takes to make Camp run – both in program areas and behind the scenes. Whether working at the pool, in the kitchen, at etgar (the ropes course), or with our housekeeping staff, teens will get a feel for what it’s like to take on a leadership role in the Camp community. And it wouldn’t be Camp without time for hanging out with friends, participating in amazing programming, and celebrating Shabbat like in no other place! At the conclusion of the program, participants will earn 40 service-learning hours.
Tikkun (Service-Learning Trip)
entering grade 12
Together with the American Jewish Society for Service (AJSS), we’re excited to offer a two-week service-learning trip to Memphis, TN. Known as the center of Civil Rights history, Memphis persists as one of the most impoverished cities in the nation. The group will learn about the Civil Rights era at the National Civil Rights Museum and learn about new Civil Rights fights, including for LGBT rights. Service partners will include the LGBT community center, which includes a shelter for homeless LGBT youth, and Grow Memphis, which operates a number of urban gardens. Other service opportunities may include learning about education inequality and assisting some schools in summer programming for low income and refugee students. Joined by an AJSS facilitator and Camp staff members, participants will live modestly in synagogues and churches (air mattresses will be provided) and will prepare their own simple and healthy meals. And of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the rich music culture, renowned Southern food, and incredibly welcoming Jewish community of Memphis! At the conclusion of the program, participants will earn 60 service-learning hours.
No’ar Hadash Leadership Experience
entering grades 11 and 12
During the last week of the summer, teens will explore the meaning of leadership and put theory into action. Teens will take part in engaging programs, pick apart what makes them successful, and then use their experiences to create innovative programming for younger campers. And, of course, they’ll get all the best parts of the camper experience – from etgar to pontooning to the energy of Shabbat. This stand-alone program is open to all eligible teens – whether it is the only time you spend at Camp or it is in addition to the No’ar Hadash Israel Experience or Bonim.
Camp isn’t only for kids anymore! Parents, children, and other family members can now join us for five days of swimming, sports, arts, havaya (experiential Jewish education), singing, dancing, and all the best that Camp JRF has to offer. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early to share the magic of camp with your whole family! For more information or to register, please click here.